Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 27, 2009 09:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Coteau Books

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Oct. 27, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament (Palliser), today announced funding for the Thunder Creek Publishing Cooperative Ltd. (Coteau Books).

"By funding organizations like Coteau Books, this Government is supporting the publication of uniquely Canadian literature," said Minister Moore. "We are helping to ensure that the Canadian literary scene remains strong and continues to produce the stellar literature Canadians know and love."

"It's very important that Canadians have the opportunity to read and enjoy the work of Saskatchewan and Canadian authors," said Mr. Boughen. "I am pleased that the Government of Canada will be providing Coteau Books with this assistance in order to help meet this objective."

Coteau Books, the book publishing division of the Thunder Creek Publishing Cooperative, was incorporated in 1975. It publishes award-winning fiction, poetry, drama, and young readers' fiction written in Canada, as well as producing regional and creative non-fiction.

"Coteau is pleased and proud to continue to partner with and receive funding from the Government of Canada," said Nik Burton, Managing Editor of Coteau Books. "We are extremely grateful for this ongoing support and equally pleased with the federal government's recent commitment to sustain these and other support funds for the next five years."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $53,280 under the Support for Publishers ( of the Book Publishing Industry Development Program (, which supports the ongoing production and promotion of Canadian-authored books through financial assistance to Canadian-owned and -controlled publishers. As part of its renewal, this program has been streamlined and renamed the Canada Book Fund to reflect the evolution of its role from being the supporter of a developing industry to reinforcing a mature industry that brings Canadian books to readers everywhere. Next year's contributions will be provided through the Canada Book Fund.

For more information on the Canada Book Fund, visit:

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations